The Career Education unit is proud to do work that integrates conversations about careers and the future into many facets of the university experience.
- We help students prepare for and pursue meaningful work.
- We support students in better understanding who they are and who they want to become.
- We curate accessible career resources to empower students to be active learners as they move through their careers.
Together with our Experiential Learning and Employer Relations colleagues, we make up the Careers & Experience department. Our goals are to connect undergraduate and graduate students with learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom and to support students in designing a meaningful future through career education and networking opportunities.
Location and Contact
University Community Centre
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Who We Are
The Career Education unit is made up of both professional and student staff members. Our professional staff have diverse credentials and areas of career expertise. Some of us are also Registered Psychotherapists, which means we are well-equipped to support mental health concerns that may be impacting your career success.
Jennifer BaytorTeam Lead + Psychotherapist
Jenn has spent the last decade promoting student success and helping students explore and pursue meaningful work. She has led the development of innovative career programs, often using design thinking to tackle the wicked challenges of life and career. One thing Jenn wishes that all students knew: “There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do, simply because they decide to believe in themselves."
(519) 661-2111 x88642
Ashleigh Lerch (On Parental Leave)Career Counsellor + Psychotherapist
Ashleigh values student success, which motivates her work on a daily basis. Ashleigh believes that each student has a personal definition of success, depending on their goals, values, experiences, and circumstances. She strives to help students understand their journey and to facilitate the development of their career and life competencies.
(519) 661-2111 x82804
Grant MartinCareer Counsellor + Social Worker
Grant has worked for many years as an educator, helping students to gain a better understanding of themselves. He will work with you in a supportive, open, non-judgemental, and collaborative way to help you figure out the kind of life and career that you really want. He will then work with you, creatively, to generate ideas about what this might look like. And, finally, he will provide you with practical skills to help you go and get what you want, and to overcome any inner or outer obstacles that may show up along the way. Grant believes that everyone can build a life and career filled with meaning, purpose, and contribution, and he will believe in you!
David FeeneyCareer Educator
David is a seasoned career development practitioner, assisting students in navigating a path to help them fulfill their career goals. Changing paths himself, after leaving Graduate School, David has a unique perspective on change and career design. Having served on a number of boards within the community, David has a holistic approach to career development and sees the career path as a multi-forked road. Film, opera and reading are activities that help David recharge.
Teresa BoereCareer Educator
Teresa specializes in career and job search support, helping students explore opportunities, articulate their skills, and land jobs. She is the staff administrator of Western's Employment Resource Centre (WERC), where she supports an impressive team of student leaders and strives to foster an environment of learning and collaboration. Teresa is an avid hiker, cycler, and all-around fan of sustainable living. Her best advice to students is: Get involved! Learning extends beyond the classroom. Internships, clubs, and volunteer opportunities are available and help you to build skills, confidence, and your network.
(519) 661-2111 x89088